Public Works

  • Darrin Fleener
  • Economic Development Administration
  • 230 S. Dearborn Street, Suite 3280
  • Chicago, IL 60604
  • Phone: 312-789-9753
  • Email:
  • Website Link:

Purpose of the Program

Empowers distressed communities to revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure to attract new industry, encourage business expansion, diversify local economies, and generate or retain long-term, private sector jobs and investment.

Who is Eligible

Applicant must be a unit of local government, Tribe, institution of higher education, or nonprofit organization working in concert with government.

Geographic location must qualify based on high unemployment level or low per capita income relative to the national data or through demonstration of a special need (presidentially declared disaster, plant closure, etc.).

Project must be consistent with the relevant Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) or CEDS equivalent.

Applicant must own the property improved.

See current Notice of Funding Opportunity ( and contact the Economic Development Representative.

How Funds are to be Used

Construction of improvements by units of local government, Tribes, institutions of higher education, and nonprofit organizations working in concert with government